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Southeast Alaska Christian radio station off the air

The Christian radio station broadcasting from Petersburg has gone off the air.

KRSA went silent December 31st, according to Ed May, president of the board of directors for the corporation, SEA-Christ Broadcasting, that owns the radio station. KRSA’s website says the station is closed and is in the process of redirecting its ministry.

KRSA radio station on Twelfth Street in Petersburg. The station also owns land on Kings Row and two radio towers near Mitkof Highway, over 10 miles south of downtown Petersburg.

KRSA broadcast its AM signal in Petersburg and also broadcast from translators in Sitka, Wrangell and Haines. The Federal Communications Commission granted the station’s license in 1981. KRSA broadcast local talk shows and interviews, boys high school basketball games and other sports, news and nationally-distributed Christian and family programming throughout the week.

SEA-Christ Broadcasting incorporated in 2010 and bought the station from another non-profit corporation, the Northern Light Network based in Glennallen for one dollar. May declined to do an interview about the reasons for going off the air but explained the bottom line was the non-profit couldn’t afford to keep broadcasting. He said SEA-Christ plans continue with other ventures, possibly internet broadcasting or video work.

KRSA was one of two stations broadcasting from Petersburg, along with KFSK-FM public radio. KFSK is broadcasting Petersburg’s boys basketball games this year, in addition to the girls games the FM station has traditionally aired.

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